Field Experiences for Grades 3-5
Grade 3 - Severe Weather
Students will visit the E.B. Shurts Center to learn how severe weather affects the Fox River and other water resources in Waukesha County. Students will observe the river directly by using waders and nets to collect aquatic organisms and measure water quality. Time will also be spent investigating how humans impact local watersheds and discussing how we can be part of the solution for protecting our natural resources.
NGSS Connection: 3-ESS3-1. Make a claim about the merit of a design solution that reduces the impacts of a weather-related hazard.
Grade 4 - What Changes the Land?
Students will visit Lapham Peak to study weathering and erosion of landforms in Waukesha County. Students will cycle through activities such as a nature hike, soil investigation, glacier experiments, and more. Climbing to the top of the Lapham Peak observation tower is always a highlight of the day!
NGSS Connection: 4-ESS2-1. Make observations and/or measurements to provide evidence of the effects of weathering or the rate of erosion by water, ice, wind, or vegetation.
Grade 5 - Healthy Watersheds
Students will engage in active learning as they explore our local water resources. Students will study local watersheds as well as test the quality of our local water resources using both chemical and biological tests. On this full day field trip, students will rotate between several different stations and laboratory investigations.
NGSS Connection: 5-ESS3-1. Obtain and combine information about ways individual communities use science ideas to protect the Earth’s resources and environment.